‘ WESLIANS’ FI­NALLY ENDS POOR RUN

...Hub gi­ants thump Vovovo to record their third win of the sea­son. Mean­while, Tam­buti shock Leop­ard by 1-0 at May­aluka Sta­dium

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - BY SA­BELO GWEBU

Vovovo................................................. (0)0 Wan­der­ers.......................................... (1)1

SOC­CER – Vovovo coach Gcina ‘Magiyane’ Dlamini was flip­ping mad in his post match in­ter­view, right­fully so. He screamed mur­der, he was robbed. Glar­ingly in off­side po­si­tion, cen­tre back Si­fiso ‘Tjovitjo’ Maseko tapped home from a Mcebo Mdluli ball back into the box after Mike Dombo’s cor­ner was cleared. The Them­binkosi Dlamini led match of­fi­cials did not pick it and Manzini Wan­der­ers ben­e­fited end­ing their fiveg­ame win­less streak in the MTN League.

‘Magiyane’ lamented there was no in­stru­ment that reg­u­lates ref­er­ees’ per­for­mances. But then, Wan­der­ers de­served these points from the way they com­manded this en­counter from the first whis­tle.

Striker Mfan’fik­ile ‘Fash’ Ndz­i­mandze came clos­est to open­ing the scor­ers chart two min­utes be­fore the quar­ter hour mark but he headed over un­marked a cross from Sicelo ‘Ju­nior’ Sime­lane.

After 24 min­utes, Vovovo got their first s i ght at goal but Cap­tain Man­coba Mav­im­bela’s header went ag­o­nis­ingly wide be­fore ‘Tjovitjo’s con­tro­ver­sial goal five min­utes later. Wan­der­ers could have gone for the breather with a two goal ad­van­tage. Dombo was guilty of fail­ing to pun­ish a lack­lus­tre de­fend­ing from Vovovo break­ing into goal but with goal­keeper Njab­ulo Sambo at his mercy, he at­tempted a chip that went woe­fully wrong.

Three min­utes after re­cess, Dombo was guilty of miss­ing an­other sit­ter. This time the Con­golese blasted over un­marked at the back post, a search­ing ‘Ju­nior’ low cross on the right. Im­me­di­ately after this miss, coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe pulled him off for Funuk­wen­zani Gama.

Vovovo should have stolen this game but sec­ond half sub­sti­tute Juries Okundo failed to beat Ro­manus Igidimba after fel­low sub­sti­tute Mlungisi Dlamini threaded a pass.

With ten min­utes re­main­ing on reg­u­la­tion time, there was con­tro­versy. An in­fringe­ment on Vovovo cap­tain Man­coba is ruled as an in­di­rect free kick by match of­fi­cials that left the team’s bench hop­ping mad. Ac­cord­ing to the laws of the game, a foul in­side the big box is a penalty. On the edge of the six-yard box, Vovovo should have done bet­ter but Okundo missed the ball com­pletely two yards out after be­ing set up.

It all but summed up Vovovo’s day as Wan­der­ers bagged their third win of the sea­son.

Teams

Vovovo: Njab­ulo, Siphelele, Siphosethu, Ti­manga, Muzi, Bheki, Tekwa (Okundo), Celu­musa ( Mcol­isi), Man­coba, Leon (Mlungisi), Mnce­disi

Wan­der­ers: Igidimba, Sihle, Menzi, Machado, ‘Tjovitjo’, ‘Spi­der’, ‘Ju­nior’ (Makhosi), Njab­ulo (Djembe), ‘Fash’, Mcebo, Dombo (Funuk­wen­zani)

Manzini Wan­der­ers coach Nyanga Hlophe ex­plains their win after the thrilling en­counter to lo­cal me­dia whilst the team’s cap­tain Menzi Gamedze looks on. MANZINI WAN­DER­ERS CEL­E­BRATES

(Pics: Lucky Sime­lane)

Manzini Wan­der­ers play­ers cel­e­brat­ing their vic­tory against Vovovo dur­ing the MTN Premier League match at Somhlolo Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day. Wan­der­ers won 1-0.

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